The power plant of the Engro Powergen Thar Limited EPTL wins and has been declared as one of the “World’s Top Coal Plants” (coal-fired category)

The power plant of the Engro Powergen Thar Limited EPTL wins has been declared as one of the “World’s Top Coal Plants” (coal-fired category) by the prestigious forum of “Power Magazine”, an integrated energy vertical, being published from North America since 1882, a statement said.

The EPTL 660MW plant in Thar Block II, has won the international accolade and recognition for adopting the global best practices and meticulous mitigation processes, it added.

The EPTL power plant was evaluated among 40+ coal power plants from across the world and was declared as the “Top Coal Plant”.

The pioneering coal-fired power-plant, and the first plant in the country to run on indigenous Thar coal, has cutting-edge technology, as it has gained critical importance for accelerating the progress of the region of Thar and positively impacted the whole of Pakistan, the statement said.

With a 90 per cent utilisation factor, the plant remained fully functional and available since its commissioning in July 2019 with the net electrical dispatch of approximately 8.5TwH in its second year.

The electricity generated by the project is promising economic benefit for the country, as it is enabling energy abundance and spurring social development through the provision of local employment and other socioeconomic opportunities in Thar.

The ISO 14001 certified plant is compliant to IFC and national emissions standards, with a safety management system inspired by OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] and DuPont PSM [Process Safety Management].

The project is also enriched with state-of-the-art environmental control safety systems and a quality control laboratory. The site is also protected by the strongest cyber-security framework as per the international safety benchmarks and employs effective risk-mitigation strategies, it said.

EPTL chairman Ahsan Zafar Syed said: “This award is a testament to the technological excellence and outstanding performance of our project and its value-chain.”

“We are committed to playing an inspirational role in resolving the energy crisis and transforming the Thar desert, while this is an important achievement for us, perhaps the single largest accomplishment for the EPTL plant that it continues to deliver on its promise of providing indigenous electricity to the nation, providing energy security, and saving the country’s precious foreign exchange through import substitution with total savings to-date being in excess of $100 million,” he added.

EPTL chief executive officer Syed Manzoor Hussain Zaidi said: “It is an honour for us to be recognised as one of the top coal plants in the world. We are thankful to the Power Magazine for appreciating our project’s proof of concept that electricity can be produced from Thar coal.”

“The huge potential of Thar coal has been demonstrated successfully, as EPTL is the first plant in Pakistan to utilise this lignite coal for [the] production of electricity,” he added.

Originally Published By Bol News

By Arsalan Ahmad

Arsalan Ahmad is a Research Engineer working on 2-D Materials, graduated from the Institute of Advanced Materials, Bahaudin Zakariya University Multan, Pakistan. LinkedIn: